Registration for the 2012-2013 curling season is now open.

There will be significant changes this season, so please read on.

Due to an explosion in youth hockey, Robert Morris University has reduced the available ice time for curling for the upcoming 2012-2013 season. Because of this reduction we will be operating two draws per night: the Can-Am league and an additional late night Vampire league.

The Can-Am league will be split into two groups (A and B) and will play on alternating Saturdays at 9 pm, The Vampire League will play at 11:45 pm weekly with cleanup around 1:30 am. Using this structure, we can still have 40 curlers in each Can-Am League and 40 curlers in the Vampire League. As with years past, there are a couple of weeks where we don’t have ice, and a couple of weeks where our start time is pushed back slightly.

We know you’re all asking – what are we doing about this?

We immediately met with RMUISC Director Dave Hanson and the bottom line is: There is no opportunity to get more ice time from RMU on any weeknight or weekend. Hockey is squeezing us. We have contacted all other arenas in the area and no viable ice time is available elsewhere.

We have accelerated our building plan to get to dedicated ice as soon as possible. Our original plan has been changed to get us into a 2-sheet facility possibly as early as the 2013-2014 season. We are working with a building designer to come up with a design that will allow expansion to 4-sheets as we grow. The search for land is on, and providing our membership numbers hold up, we can be on dedicated ice in time for the Olympics. We have added a section to the website with updates here so you can be a part of this process.

While the current situation is far from ideal, we hope you’ll seriously consider sticking with us.

Due to the restricted ice time, the wristband fee will be included in the membership fee. Please note: The overall cost for adults per curling match is less than last season. AND here’s a big (good!) change – there will be NO ADDITIONAL WRISTBAND FEE as a Can-Am or Vampire League member if you spare in another match!

League Fees:

Can-Am league only (CURRENTLY FULL.)
Played every other week – 10 regularly scheduled matches. Top teams make the playoffs.
May spare in the other Can-Am and Vampire leagues at no additional cost.
Adults: $180
Seniors and students: $165

Vampire League only VAMPIRE LEAGUE is still available!
Can be played weekly – therefore 20 matches plus GUARANTEED 1 playoff match.
Matches are played late draw only.
May spare in the Can-Am League at no additional cost
Adults: $270 Seniors and students: $250
Wanna do some late night curling? Vampire rate will be pro-rated to the week you join!

Combo – Can-Am/Vampire League (CURRENTLY FULL.)
30 matches plus Guaranteed 1 Vampire playoff match.
May spare in Can-Am and Vampire Leagues at no additional cost
Adults, seniors, and students: $350

Social Membership
Supporters of the club and curling fans can join as Social Members for $10 for the season. You aren’t entitled to curl, but you can attend all social functions, including our annual Steel Spiel. You don’t need to sign a waiver since you won’t be on the ice. (Although you certainly can sign a waiver and come to take embarassing photos of friends and family!)

Note that fees are not deductible for income tax purposes.

Returning members from last season: Membership fees for the Can-Am League received with a postmark date on or before September 4, 2012 will have priority on the 80 spots in the Can-Am League. The 80 spots will fill by postmark date. After September 4, 2012 registrations from returning and new members are accepted in order of postmark date.

New members: Registrations are accepted in order of postmark date so send in as soon as possible. There are limited spots available.

The game schedule is here. Meet your Team night will be 09/29/2012.

All fees must be paid by 09/29/2012. We recognize that up front payment of the wristband fee may be difficult for some. Please consider paying in installments in any amount that is comfortable for you up through 09/29/2012.

VAMPIRE LEAGUE Get your mid-season rate from membership@pittsburghcurlingclub.com. You can mail a check to the PO Box listed on the registration form or bring it to your first scheduled night of play.

The registration form is here. You can print it and mail it in, or email the details to membership@pittsburghcurlingclub.com.

Please print and sign the 2012-2013 waiver. You can mail it in or bring it to the first night of curling.

We hope you can join us this season. Big changes are coming.